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Msgr. Rudolph Galindo – Diocese of San Bernardino

Monsignor Rudolph Galindo

Diocese of San Bernardino

Ordained: 1954

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955-1957      St. Edward (Corona, CA)
  • 1958                Unknown
  • 1959-1968      Our Lady of Guadalupe (Otay, CA)
  • 1969-1974      Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Bernardino, CA)
  • 1975-1976      Our Lady Church (San Ysidro, CA)
  • 1977-1983      St. Joseph Cathedral (San Diego, CA)
  • 1984-1986      Our Lady of Guadalupe (Calexico, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Rudolph Galindo:

According to media reports, in a 1985 civil lawsuit, Monsignor Rudolph Galindo, was accused of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Joseph Cathedral.  He denied the accusation, but the Archdiocese settled with the boy’s family for $75,000. Monsignor Galindo retired the following year in May 1986. He lived in a retirement home in Texas, but has since been transferred to an undisclosed psychiatric facility for evaluation.

In 2002, Monsignor Galindo admitted to sexually abusing three children. They had similar stories of abuse that occurred in the rectory, the office and Monsignor Galindo’s living quarters at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and on trips with the priest. One boy was 8 when the abuse began and the others were 10 or ll. They served as altar boys together when abuse began in 1958 and continued for one of the victims until the early 1970s.

Monsignor Galindo  was permanently removed from ministry. 

“I am concerned that there are others who may have been harmed by sexual misconduct on the part of Monsignor Galindo during his various assignments,” Bishop Robert Brom wrote in a letter distributed to parishioners. 

Monsignor Galindo was named in another six civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. 

One of his alleged victims stated that going to the police and reporting Monsignor Galindo’s crimes at the time, simply was not an option for him, nor for many others.

“Back then you didn’t do that against the church or a priest, who was seen as next to God,” he said. “People don’t understand what was going on back then, speaking about sexual abuse was taboo. Today, it’s a different era. “I held this in for so many years, I never said anything to anybody.”

In March 2007, Monsignor Galindo’s name was included in the Diocese of San Diego’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. In October 2010, as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, the Diocese of San Diego released his personnel file. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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